The Health Department has defended its decision to use post offices to distribute chronic medication.

This is after the department received criticism that post offices do not know how to dispense or keep drugs safe.

Health department spokesperson Foster Mohale says post offices will only be distributing, not dispensing the drugs.

Mohale says patients can also collect their medicines at other distribution points and retail pharmacies such as Clicks and Dischem stores.

Watch Mohale’s interview with SABC here.

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The Social Security Agency of South Africa (SASSA) has advised all grant beneficiaries to make use of all the other alternatives through which to receive their monthly grant payments.

This follows a recent announcement that the South African Post Office has stopped payments to beneficiaries at its branches.

SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says clients must make use of their SASSA cards to withdraw grant payments at supermarkets.

Letsatsi says clients can also withdraw their grants at national Banks.

Follow the SASSA Twitter page for the latest updates.

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